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theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Mark E Smith | reviews, news & interviews

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Mark E Smith

theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Mark E Smith

Fresh from his wheelchair, Fall frontman on new and old releases

Mark E Smith: the bard of Manchester

Since releasing their first record, Bingo Masters Breakout, Mark E Smith (b 1957) has led The Fall through some of rock music’s most extreme and enthralling terrain, cutting a lyrical and musical swathe that few other artists can match. An outsider, self-confessed renegade, and microphone-destroying magus, Smith has seen dozens if not hundreds of musicians pass through the ranks of The Fall over the last 34 years. With their 28th studio album featuring a line-up that’s as stable as it gets in The Fall's rickety table of elements, they continue to make music like no other band, young or old. Your Future Our Clutter is up there with their very best.

The media, it takes 'em two years to catch up with what we’re doing, and now it’s 20 years for the record companies. By which time it’s too late

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One of the worst conducted interviews with Mark E Smith I've ever read. A waste of time. The journalist had a limited allocation of MES's time - so he asks him when they're going on tour! Ask his press officer stuff like that. His questions demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge and interest in The Fall - they could be directed at any act. All he could do is namecheck a few song titles from Clutter. It's like MES has been interviewed on bring-your-kid-to-work day. "Are you going on tour?" "When did you record your new album?" "Is there a story behind that song?" "What comes first the words or the music." These are beyond cliche - and get the dull unilluminating answers they warrant. No wonder The Independent cut almost all of the (non) quotes when they ran their piece by this "writer". What an insult to your readers, MES and his fans.

You should take a little break from the internet, Elvis.

Try thinking before you write such crap, Elvis.

Absolutely right Elvis. With you.

Nice to see the embittered, failed journalist diving in with some impotent fanboy criticism there. Maybe one day she'll get a chance to show how brilliant an interview with MES can be, if only the fools would listen! I enjoyed reading the interview, nice to talk about the music for a change and MES didn't have to spend his time taking down the usual second-guessing "watch me outsmart the great MES"-type journalist, and his response to the question Who Produced The Album turned out to be quite endearing and funny.

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